Streetwise Professor

December 23, 2009

Barone on SWP on the Kansas-Nebraska-Obamacare Analogy

Filed under: Politics — The Professor @ 1:27 pm

Michael Barone is one of the most knowledgeable and insightful analysts of American politics.  OK.  Forget the “one of” (IMHO).  He is also a gentleman.  He wrote an article comparing the Reid healthcare monstrosity to the Kansas-Nebraska Act in today’s Washington Examiner.  I dropped him a quick email telling him about my post last week making the same comparison.  He emailed back almost immediately, and then very kindly wrote this in the Examiner’s Beltway Confidential blog:

I thought my comparison of Democratic health care legislation with the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 in  my Wednesday Examiner column was an original idea. After all, even David Broder and Lou Cannon weren’t around to cover Stephen Douglas’s brilliant floor managing of this disastrous legislation. But fewer of our ideas are original than we suppose.  Blogger Streetwise Professor, who in non-blog life is Craig Pirrong, a professor at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. Streetwise Professor posted his comparison on December 17, six days before my column. I swear I didn’t read it until today, but I’ll be checking out Streetwise Professor in the future, especially when I’m have trouble coming up with an original angle for my column.

Very much appreciated, Mr. Barone. I’m truly honored.

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